Most bread machines are easy enough for a grade school child to operate, but the more you know about the machine and ingredients, the better your bread will be and the more you'll enjoy the task.
Have you read the manual? If it came with a video, did you watch it? Instructions take a little time to sift through, but you might be surprised at some of the features you missed. Safety precautions are extremely important. You might know you should use oven mitts to handle the hot bread pan, but you might not realize the machine must be unplugged after each use.
If your first loaves aren't satisfactory, don't give up or blame the bread machine right away. There are a number of reasons for failed bread, from outdated or overheated yeast to lack of salt or too much sugar.
Oatmeal Molasses Bread
Spiced Date Bread
Crusty French Bread
Sweet Potato Yeast Bread
Banana Pecan Bread
Beer Cheese Bread
Honey Buttermilk Bread
Dark Pumpernickel Bread
Garlic Parsley Bread
Sweet Potato Quick Bread
Tomato Basil Bread
Sally Lunn Bread
Romano Oregano Bread
Grandma's Oatmeal Bread
Compare PricesZojirushi Home Bakery
Bakes a traditional horizontal loaf, cakes, and makes jam. Settings include "homemade," which allows you to enter your own time settings for each stage. Comes with a recipe booklet and video.
Oster ExpressBake Bread Machine
This machine will make a 1 1/2 to 2-pound horizontal loaf in under 1 hour. The Oster also has 18 settings, a keep warm feature, delay bake timer, modern design, and good price.
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